Poignant Last Post tribute to fallen heroes

Remembrance Sunday in Chorley

Remembrance Sunday in Chorley

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War heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country were honoured at services around the borough on Remembrance Sunday.

The Last Post sounded and poppy wreaths were placed at war memorials to remember the brave men and women who have served in conflicts around the world.

Annette Markland, whose son David Markland died in Afghanistan, places a wreath at Euxton war memorial on Remembrance Sunday

Annette Markland, whose son David Markland died in Afghanistan, places a wreath at Euxton war memorial on Remembrance Sunday

War heroes from Euxton were remembered for the first time on a new war memorial, which was dedicated in July.

The Mayor of Chorley, Coun Marion Lowe, joined councillors, civic leaders, serving and former service personnel, the Royal British Legion and uniformed organisations for a service in Chorley town centre.

Chorley Pipe Band led a procession from St Thomas’s Road to St Laurence’s, on Union Street, for a service.

It was followed by a short service at the war memorial at Astley Park, complete with a two-minute silence and laying of the wreaths.

“When we started this there were 20 people named on memorials in Euxton and there are 50 names on ours. To me it was heartening that 30 names that have been forgotten outside their families for many years have now been included.”

Jim Brotherston

Coun Lowe, who laid a wreath as part of the service, said: “More and more people turn out every single year. It was horrible weather to start off with but there were so many people - it was amazing.”

She will return to the war memorial tomorrow to place a wreath in honour of her father, who was injured when he was shot while serving in Burma.

Remembrance Sunday was particularly poignant in Euxton as it was the first time there has been a war memorial honouring all of the village’s fallen heroes.

The memorial, on Wigan Road, was dedicated in July and remembers 49 men and one woman.

It was erected after almost five years of fund-raising by Euxton War Memorial Group to honour those who died in service from 1914 to 2010.

The group formed after the death of father-of-two David Markland in Afghanistan in February 2010.

His family wanted to remember him but discovered that although there were already four memorials in Euxton, they only had the names of 20 people.

Jim Brotherston, David’s uncle and group chairman, said: “When we started this there were 20 people named on memorials in Euxton and there are 50 names on ours.

“To me it was heartening that 30 names that have been forgotten outside their families for many years have now been included.”

Members of David’s family, including his mother, sister, nephew, uncle and aunt, attended the Remembrance Sunday service, which was held at St Mary’s Catholic Church due to the wet weather.

Poppy wreaths are normally placed at the church altar, but instead his family could lay a wreath at the war memorial.

Jim said: “I’m sure David would be proud.”

He praised the efforts of members of Euxton War Memorial Group, 202 Squadron Royal Engineers particularly WO2 Jason Shawcross, and Simon Ormsby Stonemasonry Ltd.

Other services were held around the borough on Sunday to remember war heroes.

They included ceremonies in Lower Wheelton, Adlington, Hoghton, Whittle-le-Woods and Anglezarke.